NEET Exam Day Guidelines

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) will be conducted by the NTA scheduled to take place on 13th September 2020. It is a single-level entrance exam for medical aspirants seeking admissions in medical/dental colleges across the country. Every year, the exam sees a sharp rise in the number of students applying and subsequently appearing for the exams.

When an exam is carried out on such a colossal scale, it is imperative to expect and receive co-ordination from the students taking up the exam for smooth conduction. For this, the NTA has released certain instructions under the NEET Exam Day Guidelines 2020 which renders all the required information right from the documents to be carried along, the stern dress code, the barred items in the exam hall and much more. These standard guidelines will ensure uniformity and avoid any sort of confusion.

The NTA specifies certain do’s and don’ts in the NEET 2020 exam day guidelines which must be strictly followed. It also serves in assisting students with a detailed set of instructions to be followed in the exam hall to avoid any disruption.

Exam day guidelines for NEET exams cover the following important aspects:

  • Timeline – glance through a sequence of events and their timings on exam day
  • Exam pattern & marking scheme
  • Dress code
  • Barred items
  • Exam day instructions
  • Highlights

NEET 2020 Exam Day Guidelines – Timeline

Candidates must be well-aware of the exact set of events occurring on the exam day before the exam day actually arrives. This helps students align with the instructions accordingly avoiding any confusion on the exam day. It is suggested to be present at the exam venue at least 45 minutes before the exam commences.

Look at the table below for details:

Event Corresponding Date and Time
NEET 2020 Exam date 13th September 2020
NEET 2020 Exam timing 2 pm to 5 pm
NEET 2020 Exam Duration 3 Hours
Occupying seats in the exam hall by 1:15 pm
Last entry time to the exam hall 1:30 pm
Invigilator verifies admit cards and makes important announcements 1:30 pm to 1:45 pm
Distribution of exam booklets 1:45 pm
Candidates fill out particulars in the booklet 1:50 pm – 2 pm
Commencement of exams 2 pm
Conclusion of exams 5 pm

NEET 2020 Marking Scheme & Exam Pattern

NEET Exam Pattern 2020

Number of Questions 180 questions (MCQs)
Maximum Marks 720
Exam Mode Offline mode only (pen and paper-based mode)
Type of questions Objective type questions with 4 options and 1 correct answer
Duration of Exam The exam duration is 180 minutes (3 hours)
Sub-sections Questions are asked from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany & Zoology)
Language The question paper is asked in 11 languages – English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati and Assamese.
Marking Scheme 4 marks are awarded for each correct answer.
Negative Marking 1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer

NEET Exam Day Guidelines – Dress Code

NEET 2019 witnessed a staggering 15 lakh odd aspirants taking up the exam. With limited seats and cut-throat competition to seek admissions, some recourse to illegitimate means for clearing exams. To subdue such activities, the NTA specifies a solid set of instructions under the NEET dress code. Candidates taking up the exam are expected to strictly adhere to the rules, failing at which may lead to serious repercussions.

NEET 2020 Dress code for males:

  • Full-sleeves shirts/T-shirts are not permitted
  • Clothes should not have pockets, zips, big buttons, layers etc
  • Try to wear simple pants/shirts
  • Kurtas and pyjamas should be avoided
  • Avoid layering your clothing
  • You can opt for light slippers/sandals
  • Footwear should be simple. Boots, shoes or any concealing/covered footwear are not permitted

NEET 2020 Dress code for females:

  • Keep it simple. Avoid embroidery, frills, layering with different pieces
  • Wear half-sleeved Kurtis/shirts
  • Long and fancy sleeves of any design are not allowed
  • Avoid all jewellery both metallic and non-metallic
  • Opt for slippers or open sandals
  • Fancy footwear is not permitted in the exam hall. Avoid boots, heels, stilettos, shoes

Aspirants who cannot follow these rules due to religious commitments are expected to mention the same while filling out the NEET application form, under option “Customary dress”. Such candidates are required to report at least one hour prior to get through proper security and frisking procedures.

NEET Exam Day Guidelines – Barred Items

Candidates are forbidden from carrying these set of items on the exam day in the hall

  • Stationery items such as pencils/pens, geometry/pencil box, erasers, sharpeners, pouches, calculators, writing pad, textual material, log table etc. are not permitted
  • Mobile devices, pen drives, scanners, electronic pens, Bluetooth, earphones, microphone, pager, health bands and related accessories are not authorized.
  • Goggles, handbags, wallet, belt, cap, watch/wristwatch, camera, bracelet etc. is not permitted
  • Eatables – open or packed, water bottle etc. is not allowed
  • Please note, the exam centre does not take responsibility for any of your belongings.

NEET Exam Day Guidelines – Exam Hall Instructions

  • Assemble at your exam room by 1 pm
  • Nothing aside from the NEET Admit card 2020 and a photograph will be allowed inside
  • Candidates’ impressions of the finger will be taken on the attendance sheet
  • 15-minutes before the exam commences, candidates will be rendered with the booklet to fill particulars
  • Invigilators, for the convenience of students, will announce timings at:
  • The beginning
  • Half-time
  • Towards the end of the exam
  • Candidates will be asked to sign the answer sheet twice – first at the beginning and then after the exam concludes
  • Invigilator provides candidates with a ballpoint pen
  • Around 5 minutes are provided to the candidates to unseal the booklet, check the number of pages
  • Ensure the same code is mentioned in the test booklet as the answer sheet enclosed in the test booklet
  • Both sides of the OMR answer sheet must be filled
  • Before leaving the exam hall, submit the OMR sheet to the invigilator. It is mandatory

NEET Exam Day Guidelines – Highlights

  • Candidates must carry these documents to the exam centre:
  • NEET Admit Card 2020
  • Passport size photo (same as the uploaded on NEET Application form)
  • Credible ID proof
  • PwD certificate (on whomever applicable)
  • Candidates must enter the exam hall by 1:30 pm which is the last reporting time. After 1:30 pm candidates will not be allowed
  • Each candidate will be provided with a seat and roll number. Candidates must locate their seat and occupy them
  • It is suggested to maintain a firm, upright body posture and face the camera when it approaches as candidates will be video recorded
  • Care must be taken to not possess any of the barred items stated on this page either intentionally or unintentionally
  • It is advised to not carry any additional items as the exam centre does not take charge of any of your belongings
  • Ensure the test booklet comprises of the same number of pages as stated on the cover of the booklet
  • Any eatable/beverage is not allowed in the hall. However, candidates with a genuine medical condition will be allowed after supervision
  • Candidates cannot leave the exam hall before the conclusion of exams. Before leaving, the OMR sheet must be submitted to the invigilator.

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